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Velma Ree (Burris) Edwards, 87, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Dec. 14, 2017, after a brief illness.
She was born on Dec. 12, 1930, in Magnolia, Arkansas, to the late S.P. and Napoleon (Paschal) Burris.
Velma grew up in a rural farming community in Arkansas, and at a early age professed a hope in Christ, and was baptized. In 1949, she united in marriage to Cleo Edwards Jr. They were married for over 35 years. They had five children from this union.
She moved to Anderson in 1974 and became an active member of Second Missionary Baptist Church. Velma was a nurse's aide at St. John's Hospital for several years and then worked in production at Guide Lamp Division of General Motors until her retirement in 1997.
She loved fishing, watching tennis and golf, going to casinos, cooking and getting together with family and friends.
Velma leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Teressa (Anthony) Walker of Anderson and Karen (John) Woodall Jr. of Indianapolis; three sons, Marcelle Edwards of Anderson, Larry (Dawn) Edwards of Gulfport, Mississppi, and Donald Edwards of Indianapolis; brother, Zollie Burris of Indianapolis; five sisters, Aleatha Lawshea of Columbia, Tennessee, Doris Newburn, Glenda Burris, Bobbie (Charles) Walker of Anderson and Ola (Frank) Taylor of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; grandchildren, John III, Jordan and Janelle Woodall of Indianapolis and Marcelle Jr. and Marlon Edwards of Ohio; six great-grandchildren; special cousin, Curlee (Vera) Burris of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and a host of other nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and dear friends.
Velma was preceded in death by her parents, S.P. and Napoleon Burris; two brothers, V.S. Burris and Odell Burris; grandson, Brandon Walker; and special aunt, Ola Johnson.
Our family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Heart to Heart Hospice and the staff at Riverwalk Village in Noblesville, for their care and support during Velma's illness and during this period of bereavement. Also a special thank you to everyone for their kind words, thoughts and prayers.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Loose Funeral Homes & Crematory, 200 W. 53rd St., Anderson.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Rev. Frederick Alexander Sleet officiating.
Burial will take place in the Anderson Memorial Park.
Published on December 16, 2017
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